First things first. I am both a Southerner, and a Southern Baptist. So is Huckabee - actually Huckabee is a SB Pastor. I also share many things politically with Huckabee. He is, however, a great way for the Republicans to invite destruction in the '08 general election.
There are a few things that the American Public want a break from after 8 years of George Bush.
- A Southern accent.
- An overt Evangelical.
- Compassionate Conservatism.
- No net increase in taxes.
- Control of our borders.
- Strong on defense.
If the Republican primary voters want to hand Hillary or Barak control over the Legislative and Executive branches of our government - vote for Huckabee. Want to win in the General? Better go with a Guiliani or Romney. Those are your choices. McCain gave up his chance when with CFR and immigration, and Thompson just ain't going to catch fire.
As for Huckabee on immigration, I will let Laura take care of that below.
UPDATE: Bookie has been thinking about Huckabee as well. Very good points, looking at the problem from a slightly different angle.